The long version of the story of my quest resides on AVS forum in my thread need help choosing a DVD recorder
Here's the short version.
I understand that if I get a TiVo with a DVD recorder in it, I cannot do editing, and will have to accept the program with commercials, stray bits of basketball and hockey games
I record and archive figure skating, which makes the same demands on a TiVo as other high-motion activities like football. What I would like to do is record figure skating and transfer it to DVD. If I do this with a TiVo-DVD unit, I expect to do further editing on a computer (since my current computer is too old and slow and doesn't have a burner, let's assume I will buy a new computer suitable for this when I'm ready to edit).
Here's my question: Let's say I've recorded my skating at the highest possible setting for maximum PQ. The timeslot is 4 hours long. With the current models, can I split that title across disks to preserve PQ, or will it force me to cram a show onto one DVD no matter what? If I can split it, will it allow me to choose the breakpoint, or must I pray that the commercials came where it will split the show for me?
P.S. If I can't split long shows, that's not a deal breaker. I could simply shift my SPs for shorter shows to the DVD-equipped TiVo, leaving my two S1 SAs free to record more long shows.
So -- fess up -- if you had it to do all over again, would you buy your TiVo-with-DVD?